Idiom: Play It By Ear
IDIOM OF THE DAY FOR IELTS SPEAKING – PLAY IT BY EAR
Act spontaneously and according to the situation without plan (To let things go as they may)
History of idiom:
This saying has its origins in music, as “playing something by ear” means to play music without the sheets. This sense of the phrase dates back to the 16th century, bit the present use only came into being in mid-20th century America, primarily referring to sports. These days, this expression has been used in different context, not limited to sports & music.
“I’m not sure how long I’ll stay at the party. I’ll just play it by ear.”
“I didn’t know what to expect from my new job, so I played it by ear ”
“We can’t make a decision yet. Let’s just play it by ear.”